LAURENSON, Daniel Gordon
(Service number 7/77)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 17 September 1891 Place of Birth Pleasant Point, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 14 August 1914 Age 22
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point, New Zealand
Occupation Stock Agent
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Lawrence Laurenson (father), Pleasant Point
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 foot 7 inches, weight 149 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, chest 33 inches, teeth bad (false upper)

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces; UK Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With No 2 Cavalry Cadet Squadron Ireland, King Edward's Horse (British Army)
Last Unit Served With King Edward's Horse (Cavalry Special Reserve)

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian, Gallipoli, Western Europe, & Italian Front
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom France/German Army
Actions Prior to Capture Western Europe
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 1919 Reason End of war

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Mudros: dysentery, transferred to Military Hospital in Fulham, England 1 Sep 1915

Post-war Occupations

Stock Agent/Land Valuer


Date 2 June 1961 Age 69
Place of Death Wanganui, New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery Cremanted, Wanganui
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Born in Pleasant Point on 17 September 1891 to Lawrence & Mary Ann Laurenson, Pleasant Point, Daniel was employed by Canterbury Farmers Association Geraldine as a Stock Agent prior to his enlistment.

Daniel enlisted on 14 August 1914, into the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, with the rank of Sergeant, having had had previous service with the 8th (South Canterbury Rifles), a local Territorial unit. He was described as being single, aged 22, 5 foot 7 inches tall, 149 lbs in weight, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion fair, chest measuring 33 inches, having bad teeth (the uppers being false), and of the Presbyterian faith. He gave his father as his next of kin.

On 16 October 1914, he embarked with the Main Body from Wellington, for Suez, Egypt, on SS Tahiti or Athenic, disembarking at Alexandria 3 December 1914. In May 1915 he landed on the Dardanelles. On 20 August he was admitted to Mudros Hospital with dysentery, and on 1 September, transferred to the Military Hospital in Fulham, England. In April 1916, he was back in Egypt but soon returned to Codford Depot in England where, on 15 January 1917, he was discharged from the NZEF to take up a commission in the No.2 Cavalry Cadet Squadron, Kildare, Ireland. The Timaru Herald reported on 29 June 1918, that his parents had received word from the officer commanding King Edward’s Horse, in France, that their son Lieutenant D.G. Laurenson, is reported missing. He gave a description of the action Lt Laurenson was involved in and hoped that he may still be alive, promising to write on hearing any more news. It also stated that Lt Laurenson had been fighting on the Italian Front before moving to France. The Otago Daily Times (ODT) on 25 March 1919 reported Lt D.G. Laurenson, Cavalry Special Reserve, formerly RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major) in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, has got back from Germany. He had become a POW sometime around the previous last May. The ODT also reported on 5 November 1919 that on 7 November, a grand concert was to be held at Pleasant Point by the Timaru Scottish Society, to present medals to returned soldiers, Lt D.G. Laurenson being one of the recipients. For his service, Daniel received the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The Evening Post of 10 May 1928, reported that Daniel had divorced from his wife Renee Lillian. Daniel and Renee had married in England and she came out to NZ aboard SS Athenic, leaving Plymouth for Dunedin on 15 January 1920, bound for Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, where Daniel was working as a stock agent. Daniel later continued to work as a salesman and land valuer in the Wellington region and he died in Wanganui, 2 June 1961, aged 69, where he was cremated. At the time of his death he was working as a land valuer for Real Estate firm, Harcourt’s.


Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File);; Papers Past

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